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It was also the "Apocalypse Now" of weather-themed disaster movies. The film's production was marked by severe injuries to the stars and crew, a runaway budget, and the cinematographers openly rebelling against the director. Here are the real-life twists you didn't hear about from the tornado drama's tempestuous shoot.
1. The "Twister" screenplay is credited to "Jurassic Park" novelist Michael Crichton and his wife, Anne-Marie Martin, but it was revised by such celebrated script doctors as Joss Whedon (who dropped out of the project because he contracted bronchitis), Steven Zaillian (who dropped out because he was leaving for his honeymoon), and Jeff Nathanson, who was on the set and kept rewriting the script until the end of the shoot.
- Gary Susman
With the success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it was only a matter of time before Disney turned to their other big Lucasfilm acquisition, Indiana Jones. Last week, Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford were confirmed to be returning for a fifth installment, set to be released on July 19, 2019. According to The Hollywood Reporter, David Koepp, who wrote 2008's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull will also return to write the script. Koepp has also written Jurassic Park (1993), Mission: Impossible (1996), Spider-Man (2002) and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014). To be fair to Koepp, he had the unenviable task of trying to cobble together a coherent script for Kingdom of the Crystal Skull from prior drafts written by George Lucas, Jeff Nathanson and Frank Darabont. This time around, it appears that Koepp will have the freedom to develop his own ideas. Currently the film is scheduled to go against Inhumans »
Uh-oh! Some of you are really not going to like this. David Koepp has been confirmed as the screenwriter for the recently announced Indiana Jones 5. He is a longtime Steven Spielberg collaborator. And while many enjoyed his work on the Jurassic Park script, he's also the man responsible for what most fans consider the worst movie in the Indiana Jones franchise, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which hit theaters in 2008.
Disney and Lucasfilm announced Indiana Jones 5 earlier this week. The latest sequel will once again reunite star Harrison Ford and director Steven Spielberg. Other movies that David Koepp has written for Steven Spielberg include The Lost World: Jurassic Park and War of the Worlds.
It should be noted that David Koepp is not the sole writer on Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. So he's not entirely to blame. He cobbled the screenplay together from »
We’re more than three years out from the arrival of Indiana Jones 5, but Disney is wasting no time in getting its action-adventure sequel off the ground.
Now, with Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg both locked, The Hollywood Reporter brings word that none other than David Koepp has been recruited to pen the screenplay. A frequent collaborator for Spielberg, Koepp has worked across The Lost World: Jurassic Park, War of the Worlds and – whisper it – Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
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Truth be told, Koepp’s contribution to the most recent Indy flick was relatively minor, considering that Crystal Skull morphed into something of a Frankenscript thanks to creative input (read: chopping and changing) from George Lucas, Jeff Nathanson and, to a lesser degree, Frank Darabont.
For now, plot details are being locked away in a safe more secure than the »
- Michael Briers
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